Screening fees (royalties) are paid to filmmakers whose films screen at the festival. Films are also eligible for juried and audience choice awards.The 13th Reel Shorts Film Festival runs May 6th through to the 13th in Grande Prairie. This Film Festival is a qualifying festival for the Canadian Screen Awards presented by the ACCT (Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television).The festival which began in 2007 has the largest school program of any film festival in the Prairie Provinces. Over 2,000 Grade 1-12 students from 20 schools attended the festival in 2018.For more information on the Festival; CLICK HERE GRANDE PRAIRIE, B.C. – The deadline for Peace Region Filmmakers is approaching for the Reel Shorts Film Festival.Thursday, February 21, 2019, is the extended deadline for filmmakers who currently reside in the Peace Region or have resided in the region for the free submissions to this film festival.Submitted films must have a running time of 2-31 minutes and have not been previously viewed by the public or been posted online.
A recent survey suggests confidence among Canada’s small and medium-sized business owners is at a three year low after dropping for the fourth consecutive month.The Canadian Federation of Independent Business says confidence in economic conditions among its members fell 1.2% nationally in July to 60.9. The last time it was lower was in July of 2009, when it stood at 58.6.Ted Mallett, chief economist for CFIB, says the index’s current position in relation to gross domestic product puts it very close to the zero-growth mark, suggesting Canada’s economy is nearing a standstill.On Tuesday, Statistics Canada reported the economy had grown a disappointing 0.1% in May, leaving the pace of the recovery at slightly below 2% on an annualized basis.The CFIB says confidence declined in July even in resource-rich Alberta, which saw a drop of three points to 70.3.Saskatchewan businesses were the most confident in the country with an index reading of 72, while those in Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia were at the low end at 52.7 and 54, respectively.Based on past results, the CFIB says index levels normally range between 65 and 75 when the economy is growing.
US home sales down 5.1 pct. in January because of cold weather, tight supplies, higher costs WASHINGTON – Sales of existing U.S. homes plummeted in January to the worst pace in 18 months. Cold weather, limited supplies of homes on the market and higher buying costs held back purchases.The National Association of Realtors said Friday that sales fell to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.62 million units last month. That was down 5.1 per cent from the December pace. The sales rate declined 5.1 per cent over the previous 12 months.Higher mortgage rates and higher prices have contributed to a slowdown in home buying in five of the past six months. Freezing temperatures and snowstorms have also caused most housing activity to slip this winter. The flagging sales suggest a deceleration from the momentum for much of 2013, when 5.09 million homes were sold, the most in seven years.“Such a picture confirms that the U.S. housing market reached its peak at the end of 2013 and further reacceleration is unlikely near term,” Annalisa Piazza of Newedge Strategy said in a research note.Home building dipped 16 per cent in January from December, the Commerce Department said this week. Signed contracts to buy homes plunged in December, foreshadowing the January drop-off, the Realtors said in a separate report.The weather has kept would-be buyers from venturing to open houses, while construction crews have endured work stoppages.But sales also declined in parts of the country where weather was less of a factor. This suggested that price pressures and tight inventories are also weighing on the real estate market.Buying fell 7.3 per cent in Western states, the region less affected by winter storms and where average prices are the highest. That decline was significantly larger than in the Northeast, South and Midwest. The median price of homes in the West is $273,500, almost double the median price in the Midwest.The median price nationwide has risen 10.7 per cent to $188,900 since January 2013. There are just 4.9 months of available inventory on the market, a sign that would-be buyers have relatively few homes to pick from and may choose to delay purchases.Just 26 per cent of sales last month were by first-time buyers. In a healthy market, that figure is closer to 40 per cent. All cash-sales accounted for 33 per cent of all purchases, evidence that investors continue to make up a sizable share of the sales.Existing-home sales in a healthy market would approach 5.5 million, nearly 900,000 more than the January rate. Buying has slowed during the past six months.Over the summer of 2013, home resales reached a pace of 5.39 million. But they began to slow in September as the costs of buying a home rose because of rising prices and higher mortgage rates.The average rate on a 30-year mortgage rose to 4.33 per cent this week from 4.28 per cent the previous week. Rates surged about 1.25 percentage points from May through September, peaking at 4.6 per cent. The increase began after the Federal Reserve signalled that it would start to slow its bond-buying program before the end of the year.The Fed has reduced its monthly bond purchases from $85 billion to $65 billion in its last two policy meetings. The purchases are intended to push down longer-term interest rates and encourage more borrowing, spending and hiring. by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Feb 21, 2014 8:46 am MDT In this Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, photo, a for sale sign hangs in front of a house in Mount Lebanon, Pa. The National Association of Realtors reports on existing-home sales in January on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Addressing a meeting at the FAO headquarters in Rome – attended by the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on the Sahel, Romano Prodi, and other senior UN officials and mediators dealing directly with the Sahel crisis – FAO’s Director-General, José Graziano da Silva, noted that the relation between food insecurity, hunger and the dispute over natural resources and conflicts was particularly evident in the Sahel.“There is a clear linkage between hunger and conflict; food security and peace in Africa,” Mr. Graziano da Silva stated in a news release. “Investing in food security in the Sahel is also an investment in a peaceful and more stable future.” The western part of the Sahel region, which stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea, and includes Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, and parts of Sudan, Cameroon and Nigeria, is currently facing a swathe of problems, which are not only political but also involve security, humanitarian resilience and human rights.In addition to political instability in Mali, the region suffers from extreme poverty, with human development levels among the lowest in the world, porous borders that present significant security challenges, as well as human rights problems.Added to that is the humanitarian crisis affecting the region this year, in which over 18 million people are estimated to be at risk of food insecurity and over one million children risk severe acute malnutrition.“It is essential to step up support and also combine short-term humanitarian responses with longer-term development actions,” the FAO Director-General said. “We need to make livelihoods more resilient. And we need to ensure that our interventions in different areas – food security and nutrition, agriculture, health, education and security – are as integrated as possible,” he continued, adding that the FAO was committed to working more closely with Mr. Prodi and African leaders to promote the Sahel’s sustainable development. Since his appointment, Mr. Prodi has travelled to a number of cities for meetings with government officials, including in the Malian capital, Bamako, as well as in Ethiopia, Egypt and Algeria, as part of his effort to focus on the security situation in Mali but also on humanitarian aid and development issues.Mr. Prodi, who described the Rome meeting as “productive,” similarly emphasized the need for consistent development across the African region in order to stave off the looming threat of insecurity. “The Special Envoys and mediators expressed a unique convergence of views and underlined the need to work together in support of the countries of the Sahel and Mali in their efforts to stabilize the region towards long term development,” the Special Envoy said in a statement. Referring to his recent trip to Niger, Mr. Graziano da Silva voiced optimism that coordinated efforts could ultimately bring an end to hunger in the Sahel.“What I saw was encouraging,” he stated. “It convinced me that there is hope; that there is political will to reverse the negative trends leading to food insecurity in the region.”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxgJTlWAnNwTWO GOVERNMENT MINISTERS have different views on how much abolishing the Seanad will save.Education Minister Ruairí Quinn said today that he is “not entirely clear” on how much of a saving would be achieved if the referendum on abolition is passed next month.By contrast Minister of State at the OPW, Brian Hayes, said that the Houses of the Oireachtas figure was “in the region of €20 million” and said it is a “key part of the campaign”.Asked if Taoiseach Enda Kenny should debate Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin on the abolition of the Seanad, Hayes said:The two ministers were speaking at the launch of the Newgrange Children’s Art Competition at St Stephen’s Green in Dublin where Hayes even promised to turn on the sun:Like politics? Then why not ‘Like’ TheJournal.ie Politics on Facebook to keep up to date with all that’s happening in and outside of Leinster House.Oireachtas: It’s not possible to estimate how much abolishing Seanad would saveRumble in Ranelagh: McDowell and Quinn clash over future of SeanadRead: “I don’t want to embarrass you” – Taoiseach’s excuse for not doing TV debate with Martin
Updated 21:00A GAS THAT causes cancer has been found in over 430 homes in Ireland.Radon is the second-biggest cause of lung cancer after smoking and is directly linked to more than 200 lung cancer deaths in Ireland each year.The Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland (RPII) said it found 434 homes with high levels of radon gas in the past 18 months.Dr Ann McGarry, Chief Executive of the RPII, said that Ireland has a significant radon problem, and has some of the highest radon levels found in Europe.Our research indicates that there are over 91,000 homes with high levels of radon and just over 7,900 have been found to date. Exposure to high radon levels causes lung cancer and many families are unknowingly living with a high risk to their health.The highest radon level found was in a home in Tralee, Co Kerry, which was 26 times the acceptable level. This meant that the occupants were receiving the equivalent radiation dose of approximately 18 chest X-rays per day, or 6500 per year.The survey found that 10 other homes – five in Kerry, three in Galway and one each in Clare and Wexford – had radon levels in excess of 10 times the acceptable level. The occupants of these homes received an equivalent radiation dose of more than 2500 chest X-rays per year.In addition to this, a further 39 homes had radon levels between four and 10 times the acceptable level in Galway (15), Wexford (6), Kerry (4), Sligo (4), Cork (2), Wicklow (2), Clare (1), Limerick (1), Louth (1), Mayo (1), Tipperary (1) and Waterford (1).The remaining 384 homes had radon levels up to four times the acceptable level and were found in high radon areas throughout the country.Finding radonIn order to test for radon, you place a radon detector in a bedroom and a second in a living room for a three-month period.After this, the detectors are sent by post for analysis to companies such as the RPII. The cost of a measurement is generally around €50.Improving indoor ventilation could reduce the level of moderate radon by up to half, while for higher levels, installation of a fan assisted sump is the most common method of remediation.If you want to find out if you are living in a high radon area, check out the RPII’s website or phone freefone 1800 300 600.First published 06:30Read: Even low levels of air pollution can lead to lung cancer, major new study shows>Read: Cancer-causing radon gas found in 341 homes>
A LABOUR SENATOR who sustained serious head injuries over the weekend remains in a critical but stable condition in hospital tonight.Labour’s Jimmy Harte was found unconscious at Newmarket Square in Dublin at around 4am in the early hours of Saturday morning after sustaining serious injuries in what is now believed to have been an accidental fall.Harte had attended the Republic of Ireland’s 3-0 win over Latvia at the Aviva Stadium earlier on Friday night and is believed to have been heading home after socialising with family and friends.Harte was taken to St James’s Hospital but later transferred to Beaumont Hospital where he was put into an induced coma and received treatment.Speaking on Highland Radio earlier, the Mayor of Letterkenny, Pascal Blake, said that hundreds of people had been in touch with him to wish Harte well.A Labour spokesperson confirmed earlier that the senator remains in a critical but stable condition and said they are hopeful of a quick and full recovery.“His family have been encouraged and heartened by all the messages of support they have received in recent days,” he said.An avid soccer fan and sports enthusiast, Harte is a popular figure around Leinster House and politicians from all sides of the house have been quick to offer their sympathies.In addition to this, the FAI tweeted earlier:Harte joined Labour in 2010 and contested the 2011 general election in Donegal North East. He failed to win a seat, coming fourth in the three-seat constituency.But he was elected to the Seanad Industrial and Commercial Panel in April of that year.Read: Labour Senator Jimmy Harte found with serious head injuries in Dublin
Réchauffement climatique : les États-Unis lancent un nouveau projet contre les gaz à effet de serreLe président américain Barack Obama a annoncé mardi que le pays allait combattre le réchauffement climatique en s’attaquant aux émissions de gaz à effet de serre (GES) produites par les centrales au charbon.Le président des États-Unis, Barack Obama, vient de dévoiler son projet pour combattre le réchauffement climatique. Il prévoit de s’attaquer aux émissions de gaz à effet de serre, en commençant par celles produites par les centrales à charbon. Au cours de la présentation, le président s’est également engagé à promouvoir davantage les énergies renouvelables. Il a ainsi proposé huit milliards de garantie de prêts pour encourager des investissements dans des technologies innovantes et l’efficacité énergétique. Aujourd’hui, il demande que suffisamment de permis soient accordés pour des projets d’énergie solaire et éolienne, afin de produire assez d’électricité pour plus de six millions d’habitations d’ici 2020. Pour le président, il s’agit de faire en sorte de mieux protéger les Américains des effets du réchauffement. “Les Américains, partout dans le pays, payent déjà le prix de l’inaction” contre le réchauffement, a ainsi tenu a souligner M. Obama, qui rappelle que 2012 avait été l’année la plus chaude jamais enregistrée aux États-Unis.”La question est de savoir si nous aurons le courage d’agir avant qu’il ne soit trop tard et la manière dont nous répondrons aura un profond impact sur le monde que nous laisserons [ … ] à nos enfants et nos petits-enfants”, a insisté le président repris par l’AFP. Il a ajouté : “En tant que président, en tant que père et en tant qu’Américain, je suis ici pour vous dire que nous devons agir”.Les centrales au charbon dans le collimateur À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?”Avec cette stratégie nationale, le président Obama remet la question du climat à l’ordre du jour [ … ] alors que le réchauffement climatique affecte la société entière et exige une action étendue”, a estimé Andrew Steer de l’ONG World Resources Institute. Ainsi, selon la Maison-Blanche, cette stratégie devrait permettre aux États-Unis d’atteindre l’objectif de réduire, d’ici 2020, les émissions de GES de 17% par rapport à leur niveau de 2005, un engagement pris en 2009 par M. Obama.Concrètement, M. Obama a demandé à l’Agence de protection de l’environnement (EPA) de travailler étroitement avec les États, l’industrie et les autres parties prenantes pour établir des normes de pollution au gaz carbonique pour les centrales au charbon. “J’ai ordonné à l’EPA d’élaborer des normes de façon ouverte et transparente afin de donner la souplesse nécessaire aux différents États selon leurs besoins”, a-t-il expliqué. Si tout se déroule comme prévu, ces normes devraient être prêtes d’ici juin 2014 et finalisées un an plus tard.”Ce dialogue entre l’EPA et les différents acteurs permettra au final d’élaborer des règles fondées sur le bon sens qui auront le soutien de l’industrie et permettront une transition [ … ] vers une économie basée sur de l’énergie propre”, a indiqué un haut responsable de la Maison-Blanche. Grâce à cela, les États-Unis espèrent réduire la pollution carbone d’au moins trois milliards de tonnes (3 Gt) cumulées d’ici 2030, soit la moitié des émissions annuelles des États-Unis.Le 26 juin 2013 à 12:21 • Maxime Lambert
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, November 16, 2017 – Mandeville – The Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund has invested $3.3 billion in the development of the health sector over its 15 years of existence.Chief Executive Officer of the Fund, William ‘Billy’ Heaven, said the funds have been spent on the construction and upgrading of health facilities, promoting a healthy lifestyle, training of personnel, research, and cancer treatment, among other areas. He said the Fund has established guidelines for assistance, with consideration given to how many people will benefit from the project, how the project will increase access to and impact the delivery of healthcare, how the project will improve the efficiency of the health system, how it will reduce patient wait time, and affordability of the service to the end user.He informed that overall, the Fund has provided $17 billion for projects in the areas of early-childhood education, arts and culture, health and sports. Mr. Heaven was speaking during a ceremony for the official handover of a new $4-million anaesthetic machine at Mandeville Regional Hospital in Manchester on Tuesday (November 14).CHASE provided $2.2 million towards the acquisition of the state-of-the-art- equipment, with the remainder of the funds coming from the Rotary Club of Mandeville and students of the Church Teachers’ College, which contributed the $100,000 raised from its annual 5K run/walk. Mr. Heaven said the Fund has spent some $82 million at the Mandeville Regional Hospital to date.Chairman of the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA), Wayne Chen, said the anaesthetic machine will make a “significant difference”.The piece of equipment is expected to increase the number of surgeries performed at the hospital annually from 4,000 to 8,000. Mr. Chen commended the various partners for their support to the hospital.“I urge you to continue to give and do what you can. Your contribution is very much appreciated,” he noted.Also present at the handover were Chief Executive Officer, Mandeville Regional Hospital, Alwyn Miller; consultant and head of the anaesthetics department at the hospital, Dr. Leighton Wynter; Rotary District Governor, Dr. Patrick Adizua; students from the Church Teachers’ College and members of the Rotary Club of Mandeville. Related Items:
Property organisation Countrywide, technology, engineering and science business Leidos Europe and the University of Lincoln (pictured) are the organisations shortlisted in the Benefits team of the year category at the Employee Benefits Awards 2018.The award, sponsored by Neyber, celebrates the achievements of an in-house benefits team that works together to deliver benefits that help to drive an organisation’s business strategy, as well as meet its HR goals.The full category shortlist is:CountrywideLeidos EuropeUniversity of LincolnThe winning benefits team will be announced at the Employee Benefits Awards and Summer Party 2018 at The Pavilion at The Tower of London on Friday 8 June 2018.See the full shortlist.For more information or to book your table.
Also joining the Questex team is CMO Kate Spellman, the former Penton CMO and UBM exec who spent the better part of the last two years as president of Informa Engage, which absorbed Penton’s marketing services division after the merger. Spellman’s is a newly created role at Questex, which says investing in its marketing services capabilities will be a priority going forward.It’s a reunion of sorts in more ways than one; MidOcean previously held a 50-percent stake in Penton for nearly a decade, acquiring it in Febuary 2007 and selling it to Informa as part of a $1.56 billion acquisition in September 2016.Kate Spellman“It has been a great privilege to lead Questex as CEO from its founding through its growth and transformation into a dynamic B2B information services company,” added Gumas in a statement. “I look forward to handing over the baton of daily leadership in the coming weeks to my long-time colleague in the industry, Paul Miller.”Questex operates a little over a dozen print and digital media brands—including several that it acquired through its purchase of FierceMarkets a decade ago—and claims to produce some 125 trade shows, conferences, and other events around the world. Editor’s note: This article was updated on Monday, Sept. 17 to include Kate Spellman’s appointment as Questex CMO.Questex, the Newton, Mass.-based publisher and trade show producer serving the travel-hospitality and technology spaces, among others, has been acquired by private equity firm MidOcean Partners from Shamrock Capital, which had owned the company since 2014. Financial terms were not disclosed.As part of the sale, Kerry Gumas—who has led Questex as chairman and CEO since founding the company in 2005—will move to an advisory role focused on strategic initiatives and M&A after a transitional period, according to an announcement.Gumas will be succeeded by incoming CEO Paul Miller, who arrives from Informa, where he had been president of the industry and infrastructure group since Informa’s acquisition of Penton two years ago.Paul MillerPrior to Penton, where he was also a group president, Miller brings experience from UBM, where he served as CEO of UBM Electronics and UBM Canon, and later the UBM Technology group. (Like Penton, UBM is now owned by Informa, which claims it’s still on the lookout for events-focused acquisitions in the b2b space.)Joining Miller on the new leadership team is David Kieselstein, the former Penton CEO who joined MidOcean as executive board chairman in January 2018. Keiselstein will serve as chairman of the Questex board of directors.David Kieselstein“As opposed to narrowcast events-only businesses, MidOcean believes in the value of surrounding a market with integrated event and media assets,” said Kieselstein in a statement.
WILMINGTON, MA — Below are the Wilmington Public Schools lunch menus for the week of February 3, 2019.Wilmington High School & Wilmington Middle SchoolMonday, February 4Hamburger or Cheeseburger on a Wholewheat Roll; Oven Fries; Apple SlicesTuesday, February 5Chinese New Year: Asian Seasoned Chicken; Asian Brown Rice; Fresh Stir Fry Veggies; 100% Frozen Juice CupWednesday, February 6Turkey Club Sub with Crispy Bacon, Lettuce & Tomato; Reduce Fat Chips; Barry Carrots with Low Fat Dip; PeachesThursday, February 7Hard or Soft Taco with Seasoned Meat, Shredded Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato, Black Bean Salsa, Brown Rice; Pineapple (EARLY RELEASE FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL)Friday, February 8Wholegrain Stuffed Crust Pizza; Caesar Salad; Orange Wedges (High School Only Option: Baked Fish with Rice Pilaf)Lunch ($2.65-$2.85) includes: Entree (main or alternative); Vegetable, Fruit or Juice and 8 oz. Assorted Lowfat Milk or Skim MilkAlternate Daily Lunch Choices at High School: Salad Bar, Pizza, Soup & Choice of SandwichAlternate Daily Lunch Choices at Middle School: Pre-made SaladAlso Available Daily: Variety of Fresh Fruit, Side Caesar salad or Baby Carrots, WG Bagel with Cheese StickMenus Subject To Occasional ChangeParticipates in The Farm-To-School ProgramWest Intermediate, North Intermediate, Shawsheen Elementary, Woburn Street ElementaryMonday, February 4Hamburger or Cheeseburger on a Wholewheat Roll; Oven Fries; Apple SlicesTuesday, February 5Chinese New Year: Asian Seasoned Chicken; Asian Brown Rice; Fresh Stir Fry Veggies; 100% Frozen Juice CupWednesday, February 6Mini Pancakes with Syrup; Sausage Links; Hashbrown; PeachesThursday, February 7Hard or Soft Taco with Seasoned Meat, Shredded Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato, Salsa, Refried Beans, Brown Rice; PineappleFriday, February 8Wholegrain Stuffed Crust Pizza; Caesar Salad; Orange WedgesLunch ($2.40) includes: Entree (Main or alternative); Vegetable, Fruit or Justice and MilkAlternate Daily Lunch Choices: Ham & Cheese, Turkey & Cheese, Tuna, Salad Bar (Woburn St. only), Premade Salads (North, West & Shawsheen only), Pizza (Mon & Wed only), Bagels (Tues & Thurs only)Also Available Daily: Assorted Lowfat Milk or Skim Milk; Assorted Fresh Fruit; Assorted Juice; DessertMenus Subject To Occasional ChangeParticipates in The Farm-To-School ProgramBoutwell Early Childhood Center & Wildwood Early Childhood CenterMonday, February 4Hamburger or Cheeseburger on a Wholewheat Roll; Oven Fries; Apple SlicesTuesday, February 5Chinese New Year: Asian Seasoned Chicken; Asian Brown Rice; Fresh Stir Fry Veggies; 100% Frozen Juice CupWednesday, February 6Mini Pancakes with Syrup; Sausage Links; Hashbrown; PeachesThursday, February 7Hard or Soft Taco with Seasoned Meat, Shredded Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato, Salsa, Refried Beans, Brown Rice; PineappleFriday, February 8Wholegrain Stuffed Crust Pizza; Caesar Salad; Orange WedgesLunch ($2.40) includes: Entree (main or alternative); Vegetable, Fruit or Juice and assorted lowfat or skim milkAlternate Daily Lunch Choices: WG Pizza (Mon. & Wed. only); Whole Wheat Bagel & Cheese Stick (Tues. & Thurs. only); Turkey & Cheese sandwich on WG bread (Mon., Wed., Fri. only); Ham & Cheese sandwich on WG bread (Tues. & Thurs. only)Also Available Daily: Assorted snacks and baked goods ($0.50-$0.60)Menus Subject To Occasional ChangeParticipates in The Farm-To-School Program(NOTE: View these menus, plus the Gluten Free menus, online HERE. The cover photo is from Jamie Boudreau’s Airgoz Aerial Photography.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington School Lunch Menus (Week of September 9, 2019)In “Education”Wilmington School Lunch Menus (Week of September 2, 2019)In “Education”Wilmington School Lunch Menus (Week of August 26, 2019)In “Education”
The New York Times said Tuesday it will be cutting its newsroom budget this year, but also investing $5 million for covering the Trump administration as part of a strategic reorganization.The “2020 Group” report by key Times staffers outlines plans by the prestigious daily to shift resources while remaining relevant in the digital era.A memo by executive editor Dean Baquet and managing editor Joe Kahn said that “there will be budget cuts this year” to be specified soon, noting that “we cannot pretend to be immune from financial pressures.”With a newsroom of around 1,300, the Times is one of the world’s biggest news organizations but it has struggled financially as readers move away from print to online news, which is far less lucrative.Baquet and Kahn said they see this opportunity “as a necessary repositioning of The Times’s newsroom, not as a diminishment.”“We are deeply committed to protecting our investment in the original newsgathering and storytelling that make The Times so indispensable in our readers’ lives,” the memo said.This means an investment of “an additional $5 million so we can produce even more coverage of the incoming Trump administration.”They wrote that “covering this story aggressively, fairly and unrelentingly will be the top priority for The New York Times newsroom this year.”One of the areas likely to face cuts is the editing staff, the memo said, citing “too many layers, too many hands on every story, and too many people involved in meddling with small fixes” in news stories.“We must move away from duplicative and often low-value line editing. It slows us down, costs too much and discourages experiments in storytelling,” the memo said.Baquet and Kahn also said the Times will emphasize “visual journalism throughout the newsroom.”“Visual-first journalists should be involved earlier in the process, shaping not just the form but also the content of stories,” they said.“This shift will involve significant changes in culture, structure and staffing, as well as investment in training and tool-building. Many more text-based and visual journalists should sit together and collaborate regularly.”The move comes amid growth at the rival Washington Post, which announced recently it has become profitable under new owner Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, even as it has expanded its newsroom and improved its technology.
A bird flies over the strong waves pounding a beach after Cyclone Mekunu in Salalah, Oman, Saturday, 26 May 2018. Cyclone Mekunu blew into the Arabian Peninsula on Saturday, drenching arid Oman and Yemen with rain, cutting off power lines, officials said. Photo: APCyclone Mekunu blew into the Arabian Peninsula early Saturday, drenching arid Oman and Yemen, cutting off power lines and leaving at least five people dead and more than 30 missing, officials said.Portions of Salalah, Oman’s third-largest city, lost electricity as the cyclone made landfall. The Arabian Sea churned Saturday morning, sending mounds of sea foam into the air. The waves ate into one tourist beach, pulling hunks of it away and toppling thatch umbrellas cemented into the sand.As Mekunu barrelled overhead, the eye of the storm provided a moment’s respite. At one luxury hotel, which already had evacuated its guests, workers sat down early for “suhoor,” a meal Muslims eat before sunrise during the holy fasting month of Ramadan. They laughed and shared plates by flashlight in a darkened ballroom, the cyclone’s wind a dull roar behind their clatter. Three people, including a 12-year-old girl, died in Oman, and another two bodies were recovered from the Yemeni island of Socotra, which bore the brunt of the storm, according to local officials in both countries. More than 30 people were still missing in Socotra, including Yemeni, Indian and Sudanese nationals.Yemeni officials also reported damage in the country’s far east, along the border with Oman. Rageh Bakrit, the governor of al-Mahra province, said on his official Twitter account late Friday that strong winds had blown down houses and taken out communication lines and water services. He did not say whether there were any casualties.India’s Meteorological Department said the storm packed maximum sustained winds of 170-180 kilometers (105-111 miles) per hour with gusts of up to 200 kph (124 mph). It called the cyclone “extremely severe.”Across Salalah, branches and leaves littered the streets. Several underpasses became standing lakes. Some cars were left abandoned on the road. Electrical workers began trying to repair lines in the city while police and soldiers in SUVs patrolled the streets. On the outskirts of the city, near the Salalah International Airport, what once was a dry creek bed had become a raging river.Many holidaymakers fled the storm Thursday night before the airport closed. The Port of Salalah – a key gateway for the country – also closed, its cranes secured against the pounding rain.Omani forecasters warned Salalah and the surrounding area would get at least 200 millimeters (7.87 inches) of rain, over twice the city’s annual downfall. Authorities remained worried about flash flooding in the area’s valleys and potential mudslides down its nearby cloud-shrouded mountains.A sizable police presence fanned out across the city, the hometown of Oman’s longtime ruler Sultan Qaboos bin Said. Many officers rode in Royal Oman Police SUVs with chicken wire over the windows, likely because their other vehicles weren’t tall enough to manoeuvre through the floodwater.”Of course, for the citizen there is going to be a sense of fear of the consequences that can happen,” said brigadier general Mohsin bin Ahmed al-Abri, the commander of Dhofar governorate’s police. “We have been through a few similar cases and there were losses in properties and also in human life as well. But one has to take precautions and work on that basis.”As torrential rains poured down on Friday, authorities opened schools to shelter those whose homes are at risk. About 600 people, mostly labourers, huddled at the West Salalah School, some sleeping on mattresses on the floors of classrooms, where math and English lesson posters hung on the walls.Shahid Kazmi, a worker from Pakistan’s Kashmir region, told The Associated Press that police moved him and others to the school. He said he was a bit scared adding: “God willing, we are safe here.”On Socotra, authorities relocated over 230 families to sturdier buildings and other areas, including those more inland and in the island’s mountains, Yemeni security officials said.Flash floods engulfed Socotra streets, cutting electricity and communication lines. Some humanitarian aid from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates arrived on the island just hours after the cyclone receded.Socotra Gov. Ramzy Mahrous said one ship sank and two others ran aground in the storm, initially saying authorities believed 17 people were missing and presumed dead.Yemen’s self-exiled president Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi issued a statement ordering troops under his command on the island to help citizens, deliver supplies and reopen roads.The island, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, has been the focus of a dispute between the UAE and Yemen’s internationally recognized government, which are ostensibly allied against Shiite rebels known as Houthis.Socotra has a unique ecosystem and is home to rare plants, snails and reptiles that can be found nowhere else on the planet.
The Martin Luther King Jr. D.C. Support Group will hold its 43rd annual Scholarship Luncheon & Fashion Show Jan. 19 at Martin Crosswinds located at 7400 Greenway Center Drive. The luncheon and show will begin at 1 p.m. and last until 5 p.m.The event is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King and to provide help. Rev. Dr. Lewis M. Anthony will receive the 2015 Humanitarian Award. D.C. retailer Lovely Lady Boutique, located at 6213 Third Street N.W., will supply all of the fashions for the show.For more information or to reserve a spot for the luncheon, call 202-737-1277.
The Humble Bundles that appear on a regular basis do a lot not only to raise money for charity, but also to highlight a whole bunch of indie games everyone should play. In more recent bundles the Humble team has also been pushing into new areas, more specifically getting the games to run on Android and Linux. The one problem with this is ensuring all games in each bundle support those platforms.When the Humble Indie Bundle 6 went live back in September, it promised Linux support for the 6 games on offer. However, one of those games, Vessel, has yet to appear in a working form on Linux due to a number of unforeseen setbacks mainly to do with porting between Direct3D and OpenGL. It has even got to the point where the Humble team is now offering refunds to those who want them.Clearly, they don’t want such a scenario to happen again and so have done something about it. Edward Rudd has joined the Humble team as a full-time Linux developer. He’s already credited with getting 17 Humble games to work with Linux, so for future bundles compatibility should be assured.This isn’t just good news for Linux gamers, it also offers up an opportunity for developers wanting to port their games to Linux (and Mac). The Humble team wants to actively encourage and help train those developers to work with platforms other than Windows.If you bought the 6th Humble Bundle and still want to play Vessel on Linux, don’t worry, work continues on the port and it will arrive eventually.More at The Humble Mumble
Women who do two or more night shifts a week during pregnancy are likely to have an increased risk of miscarriage, says a new study. This is because women working at night are exposed to artificial light which disrupts their circadian rhythm or body clock and decreases the release of melatonin – a hormone that regulates sleep-wake cycles and helps in maintaining a successful pregnancy, according to the study published in the Occupational and Environmental Medicine journal. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe findings showed that after the eighth week of pregnancy, women who had worked two or more night shifts had a 32 per cent higher risk of miscarriage. “This may be explained by the decline in the proportion of chromosomally abnormal foetuses with gestational age, which makes an association with environmental exposure more easily detectable among later miscarriages,” said researchers. Previous studies have also stated that women who work in night shifts, even occasionally, are at an increased risk of early menopause, which can heighten the possibility of developing cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and memory problems.
People say boxing is dead because there hasn’t been a premier heavyweight champ since Lennox Lewis (?), but WBC heavyweight champ Deontay Wilder is 39-0 with 38 knockouts and just annihilated Bermane Stiverne with a 32-second 1st round knockout that was reminiscent of an old Mike Tyson fight.Wilder set down Stiverne 3 times during the near murder, and seemingly connected on every punch. Admittedly, Stiverne is built like a sack of Totino’s Pizza Rolls, but he was 25-2 entering the fight.This is the best heavyweight knockout, just based on pure ass kicking, in an eternity. Boxing might be dead, but they should check on Bermane Stiverne to make sure he isn’t, too. Advertisement
Tags: Avalon Waterways, Contest, Globus Travelweek Group TORONTO – The Globus family of brands has put forth a new challenge to Canadian travel agents: whoever sells the most 2019 passengers will win a cruise for four.The challenge applies to bookings made between May 22-Aug. 31, 2018, and includes a grand prize of an Active Discovery Cruise for four on his/her choice on the Danube, Rhine or Rhone River in 2019. Avalon will be tracking all sales.“This is a great reason to introduce your clients to our concept of Active Discovery,” said Kim Clarke, director of sales for the Globus family of brands. Clarke notes that while on these cruises, clients have the choice each day of an Active shore excursion like guided biking, a Discovery excursion like a food tour or informal painting classes, or a Classic walking tour with a historic cultural theme. Even better, clients don’t have to choose what they want to do each day until they wake up that morning.More news: Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaThe concept has proven so popular that Avalon has expanded Active Discovery Cruises to include the Danube, Rhine and Rhone Rivers next year, and also added an onboard Adventure Host. Plus, for the first time, the cruise line is making it easier to explore independently by including a self-guided tour app as well as the free use of more bikes (16 per ship) or Nordic poles. Even a picnic can be prepared by the ship’s culinary team, available upon request.For more information go to agentlingo.ca. Avalon’s booking challenge includes free cruise for four Posted by Share Wednesday, May 30, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >>